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Vaduz deserved the victory - May

Falkirk manager Eddie May
May will now turn his attentions to preparing for the SPL season

Falkirk boss Eddie May said he could have no complaints after his side were knocked out in Europa League qualifying by Liechtenstein's Vaduz.

The Bairns lost out to an extra-time winner, despite starting with a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Scotland.

"We just weren't good enough on the night, especially in the first half," May told BBC Scotland.

"The boys tried as hard as they could, but we gave away too much possession, and definitely too many corners."

Ryan Flynn's first-leg goal gave Falkirk victory in their first ever European tie, and May a win in his competitive debut in the Bairns dugout.

But return-leg strikes from Emil Noll and Franz Burgmeier in extra-time ended the Scots' adventure at the first hurdle.

Despite the defeat, May found some cause for satisfaction.

We'll get the whole team right, and we're going to enjoy the season

Falkirk boss Eddie May

"Robert Olejnik had some good saves - that's why he's here. And I thought the back four were absolutely fantastic," said the Bairns boss.

"We've just got a little bit of a problem in the forward area but we'll sort that out.

"We've brought in Danijel Marceta (on-loan from Partizan Belgrade), and I think he'll make a big difference up front.

"We'll get the whole team right, and we're going to enjoy the season."

The travelling support in the Alpine principality made up around 1000 of the 1800 crowd at the Rheinpark Stadion, and May was impressed by the turnout.

"I thought the fans were tremendous - as they have been since i took over - and I'm a bit disappointed we couldn't go through to the next round for them," he said.

Vaduz coach Pierre Littbarski felt his side were worthy winners as he looks forward to locking horns with Slovan Liberec of the Czech Republic in the third round.

"We dominated the game for 90 minutes, tons of chances," said the German.

"Their goalkeeper was really great too. We deserved it really.

"I promised we would show much better football and I was very happy with the performance."



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Vaduz 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)
23 Jul 09 |  Europe
Falkirk 1-0 Vaduz
16 Jul 09 |  Europe
Falkirk silent on McCann future
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